With the start of September allowing for the expansion of Major League rosters, manager Joe Girardi said the Bronx Bombers might be issuing a few more home pinstripes for Wednesday night's game against the Athletics.
"There's a pretty good possibility we'll see some new bodies here tomorrow," Girardi said after Tuesday's 9-3 win. "I talked with [general manager Brian Cashman] right before the game. I haven't had a chance to talk to him since I came in, so as far as any exact names, I don't have those right now."
At the close of Tuesday's game, the Yankees had cleared out three additional lockers in the clubhouse.
Two players who already have lockers in the Bronx could be headlining the callups. Lance Berkman, who went 0-for-3 in his second rehab game for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday night, planned to be back in pinstripes so long as all went well.
"We'll just have to see how he feels and how he's doing, and then we'll make that decision," Girardi said before Tuesday's game.
The Yankees will also make a decision on whether right-handed reliever Alfredo Aceves is ready to return to the big leagues. In his latest rehab appearance, on Monday night, Aceves allowed one run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. Out since mid-May with a strained lower back, Aceves has given up runs in each of his past three rehab appearances.
Girardi said the Yankees will explore the possibility of adding an extra player in both the outfield and infield. If they want to bring up a third catcher, however, they'll need to first make room for him on the 40-man roster, perhaps by sending left-handed reliever Damaso Marte to the 60-day disabled list.
The Yankees' roster decisions are complicated a tad by Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's success, as the affiliate has clinched a berth in the International League playoffs.
-- Tim Britton